I want to begin with saying that what probably killed this book for me was the hype. I was literally expecting the feels I got when I read A Court of Mist and Fury or Strange the Dreamer. Instead, I would have gotten the feels like when I read A Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Caraval: It was good, but like it wasn’t astonishing or mind-blowing.
So, story begins with a Fae coming and murdering the parents of a pair a twins and their half-Fae older sister. After witnessing this tragedy, Jude and her twin sister Taryn and her older sister Vivi are forced to live with the Fae-murderer as their father figure in the world of the Faes.
Fast forward ten years, and Jude is well on her way to becoming a warrior. She knows she isn’t ever going to become as good as the rest of the fae with their skills in weaponry and their reflexes, but she is trying her best if she is allowed.
But, her classmates and the faes never let her and her twin sister forget that they are mortal. Always playing cruel tricks on them and pushing them around and glamouring them. Jude is done being the butt of the jokes, even though Tayrn just tries to keep her head down.
One of these bullies happens to be a prince. When Jude pushes him too far, she finds herself in the middle of a game of politics that could cause a war between all the Fae Kingdoms.
Doesn’t that sound so legit and epic?
The writing was exquisite and I just could feel the world building around me and through me and it was such an amazing experience. The faes in this world have horns or tales or different colored skin like blue or cat eyes or wings. I absolutely love those kind of fae books, which makes me believe I should pick up more of these books.
Then.. there’s the reason why the stars are so low: Jude.
Jude was beyond A N N O Y I N G . She was aware that she wasn’t a fae and she wanted to be one of them or better than them. But she never stopped complaining about being mortal. Ever.
I get it: You hate being human and want to be fae.
I get it: You are mortal and you want to be fae.
I get it: You are weaker than the immortal beings and you want to be like them.
I get it: You are slower than the faes and you want to be one of them.
She never shut up about it to the point that I found myself rolling my eyes. And her character half the time did exactly the opposite of what she said she would be doing. I was just completely over her; but not to the point that I didn’t love the book and wouldn’t want to continue on with it. I mean, the end was a little more calm for me than I would have liked (I need more war/blood/twists.. because I obviously need to see a professional about that) but I still enjoyed it well enough.
But I didn’t think it needed the hype it got. It’s good, but it isn’t obsessively dramatically good.